Anthony William John Freeman
January 2, 1932 - February 20, 2023
In Loving Memory
Anthony William John Freeman
Anthony William John Freeman, known to his loved ones as Tony, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2023 (Family Day), at 2:22 pm. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing, bringing comfort to all who loved him. Tony was born on January 2, 1932, in Salmon Arm, BC to his parents, William John Freeman and Francis Freeman (Hughes).
Tony is survived by his wife Marlene, sons Tom, Geoff (Marnie), daughter Kathy along with his sister Sybil Hogan (Richard deceased), his brother Richard Freeman (Denise), grandchildren Jonathan (Lindsey), Eric, Mikayla, Aleah, his great-grandson Orlando and numerous nieces and nephews.
He moved to Kamloops in 1945 living his teen years in Valleyview graduating from Kamloops High School in 1951. On October 7, 1961, he married his wife Marlene Weys with whom he shared the rest of his life.
As a young man, Tony enjoyed spending time in orchards, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of Shuswap Lake. He had a long and successful career working for Interior Plumbing and Heating, eventually taking part ownership of the company. He made many lasting friendships through his work, and his professional life became a significant part of his identity. Tony was also an avid traveller and enjoyed visiting warm, tropical destinations where he could relax, play golf, go fishing, and hike.
Throughout his life, Tony was involved in numerous sports and recreational activities. He was a long-time fan of the Kamloops Blazers and the Kamloops Chiefs. He loved to golf and had several holes-in-one while being a member of both the Dunes and the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing hockey, curling and lacrosse, as well as Thursday night volleyball games with his friends. He loved fishing in the Thompson River, Bella Coola, and in the Douglas Channel. Tony also loved taking long walks and hikes in his retirement, and these activities brought him great joy.
Above all else, Tony cherished spending time with his family and friends. He loved gatherings, celebrating special occasions, and sharing meals together. Unfortunately, in late 2022 his health declined, and he struggled to participate in these activities fully. Despite this, Tony’s sharp mind never faltered, and he remained grateful for the support and companionship of his loved ones.
In his final weeks, Tony received comfort from the doctors, nurses, and staff of Royal Inland Hospital, as well as new friendships with his roommates. He expressed gratitude for the visits from his family and friends, which brought him much-needed solace during difficult times.
Tony will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. His legacy will live on through the memories he created with his family, his professional accomplishments, and the many friendships he developed throughout his life. Rest in peace, Tony.
A celebration of life will be determined at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324
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